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Moving to Germany

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The economic giant of Europe is not only known for beers, sausages and cars, but the country also has free public education, high standards healthcare system and unique nature with mesmerizing landscapes. These are only some of the factors that draw thousands of people to move overseas to live and work in Germany.

When moving to Germany, you might consider taking some of your household goods with you, if not the whole house. To determine the best way to move to Germany, let’s have a look at the following Moving to Germany guide.

Moving to Germany by Sea Freight

Moving to Germany by Sea Freight is the most cost-effective way to move household goods overseas and there are a few ways to do so.

Moving to Germany by Air Freight

How to move to Germany ASAP? Moving overseas by Air Freight is the fastest way to ship household goods to Germany. If you are short on time and need your items to be relocated within days, shipping by Air Freight is what you need.

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Sole Use Container
Shared Container

When moving household goods to Germany, consider using Full Container Load (FCL) which will allow you to have a personal container only with your items. The Sole Use Containers work best if you have a big shipment or simply do not want to share the container with another person.

When Shipping overseas there are 3 commodities available:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

A more affordable way to move your stuff by Sea Freight is to consider Shared Containers shipping. When you need to move a few of your valuables, additional or forgotten items you do not need to get a full container. Think about Shared Containers as a shared car ride, for the gas to be cheaper, the driver gets a few other passengers along with him.

Groupage Shipping

Groupage is used by moving companies to collect and combine shipments that have the same destination. Groupage shipping is the cheapest way to move containers overseas allowing the senders to split the cost of the shipment.

The only drawback of the Groupage shipping method is the timing. The international moving company will keep your items in their storage until there are enough shipments to fill up one container.

LCL shipping

By using the Less than Container Load method, your household goods will be packed and shipped in a wooden crate, known also as a lift-van. Your movers will pass the wooden crate to a freight forwarder that collects multiple shipments into one container.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to Germany if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in Germany in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to Germany:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

Depending on your needs you have 2 ways to move to Germany with Hercules Moving Company:

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Door to Port

When choosing a door-to-port service with Hercules Moving Company, we will pack and transport your goods to the port to be shipped to Germany. Door-to-port service is more advantageous for those seeking to have more control over their shipments. You have a choice to pick up the shipment yourself or by someone within Germany.

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Door to Door

When shipping Door-to-Door, we will not only disassemble and ship but also will arrange for your items to be delivered to your new home, unpack and assemble everything for you. Moving overseas is easy with a professional international moving company.

Moving household goods to Germany

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to Germany
Shipping a Boat to Germany
Moving Pets to Germany
Electronics in Germany

Customs Regulations

The household goods will be duty-free when moving to Germany if:

  1. The owner lived abroad for over 1 year
  2. Has owned the items for more than six months (must provide proof in some cases)
  3. Does not intend to sell the items for a minimum of 1 yeaR
  4. Wedding Trousseaux and gifts (not exceeding EUR 1,000 in value per gift), which require:
  5. Certificate of Marriage, Registration certificate with the German Police authorities. The items must be shipped between 2 months prior to the wedding and 4 months after.
  6. Inheritance Items, which require: Certification of death - 'Erbschein' or an official document which certifies the customer/shipper has inherited the items from the deceased and states the relationship between them.

Goods should be imported within one year of the customer taking up residence; if not, reasons needed for the delay - maximum limit of three years.

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  1. Provide an invoice for new items (no older than 6 months)
  2. lcohol: The inventory must detail the exact number and size of bottles, exact alcoholic strength in percent, and the value of each bottle.
  3. Tobacco tea, coffee, etc.
  4. Food in large quantities (not recommended to ship with household goods). Duty-free imports, providing quantities that can be treated as ordinary provisions. A signed form explaining the contents is required.
  5. Handicrafts in large amounts
  6. Guns

Prohibited Items

  1. Narcotics and drugs
  2. Explosives
  3. Ammunition
  4. Pornographic material
  5. Live plants (special import permit is required)
  6. Any protected animals or species, dried plants or items of historical significance
  7. Certain types of meat
  8. Methyl alcohol, Absinthe and pure alcohol
  9. Radioactive material

Shipping a Car to Germany

When moving a car to Germany, any imported vehicle is subject to a 10% import duty and a 19% VAT(import-added value tax). However, if you intend to move to Germany to become a full-time resident, you can import a car to Germany avoiding paying duties and import turnover taxes.

To do so, you must prove the following requirements:

  1. That for 12 consecutive months you have lived outside of Germany
  2. If you are a non-EU citizen, you have given up your home country’s residency
  3. That you are willing to reside in Germany
  4. The vehicle has been registered under your name
  5. You are not planning to sell or export the car for the next 12 months

Shipping a Boat to Germany

Shipping a boat to Germany is similar to shipping a car. No import duties are charged if the person who moves to Germany can prove the following:

  1. Ownership on the boat for over 6 months prior to the move.
  2. That you have lived outside Germany for at least 1 year.

Moving Pets to Germany

If you are planning to move pets to Germany here are the things you need to know:

  1. Pet must have a clearly identifiable microchip
  2. Form 38(SV0802)
  3. Rabies vaccinated
  4. Valid health certificate and pet passport
  5. Purchase an IATA-approved pet carrier
  6. Prohibited to import breeds to Germany: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier.
  7. Exotic species are prohibited

Consider that you are only allowed to bring up to 5 pets. There is no quarantine required as long as your pet has all the required documents and vaccinations.

Electronics in Germany

Before packing your electronics and kitchen appliances, compare the voltage power and the plug type in your country and in Germany (C/F plug type, 230v).

Customs Forms

Here we have collected all the necessary forms and documents you will need in order to import your personal effects into Germany. In addition please check if you need any additional documents/forms on the official Border Germany Website

Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Customs Declaration for the Release of Personal Property - Form 0350 Form PDF
Customs Declaration for the Release of Personal Property - Form 0350

How We Work

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Fine Art Moving
Crating & Taxidermy
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing
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Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

Hercules has a phenomenal staff. They know what they are doing, they offer impeccable service and they are very courteous and hard working. We could not have asked for more in our recent move from Guelph to Unionville. Thanks!

Discipleof Christ

The Hercules moving crew did an amazing, fantastic job in moving my mother's upright piano. The two brothers crew are incredibly strong, expedient, courteous, and professional. The company gave the best quote, the fastest appointment booking, and was the most polite when compared to all the other piano moving companies I called in Toronto and the GTA. I absolutely recommend this company for anyone who needs to have their piano and/or heavy objects moved.

Kannan Sau.

All four movers were excellent, courteous and very professional. These Surrey movers took good care of our furniture, Piano and other things during the move. we were very pleased and will always use them & recommend them for any moving projects.

Professional and hardworking. I’ve used them many times and would highly recommend for storage Toronto services and moving services! They’re the best in Toronto.

Nancy Powell

Hercules assisted me in moving antique furniture. Igor who arranged the move for me was prompt in returning calls and updating me on timing for pickup and delivery. The drivers both in picking up and delivering were punctual despite bad weather conditions. The employees were very courteous and helpful. All furniture was carefully wrapped and reassembled on delivery. I would not hesitate to recommend Hercules to anyone for a complete move or for speciality moving.

The guys over at Hercules Moving Company came highly recommended and they did not disappoint!Their meticulous attention to detail in wrapping every piece of furniture did not come at the cost of time, they were still highly efficient and very hard working. Managment were very friendly and made the whole moving experience stress free.The next time I move I will definitely be choosing Hercules Moving Company and so should you!!

The guys over at Hercules Moving came highly recommended and they did not disappoint! Their meticulous attention to detail in wrapping every piece of furniture did not come at the cost of time, they were still highly efficient and very hard working. Vidas and his partner were very friendly and made the move stress free! Their full service is very impressive.The next time I move I will be choosing Hercules Moving Company and so should you!!


We really appreciate the kind generosity of the Hercules moving company in moving the piano to our house. They didn't accept any money, because they were doing our son a favour as he is currently diagnosed with a pre-existing condition. Sending lots of good energy and good karma their way! We too will one day make sure we pay this forward. Highly recommend them - very good people!

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